The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 came into force on 1 January 2005.
The regulations give members of the public the right to access certain environmental information if that information is held by the Council. The request can be made by letter, email, telephone or in person.
Environmental Information includes information about:
Usually the authority will be obliged to provide such information as it has. There are a number of exceptions, but if any of these applies we will explain why. Most requests must be dealt with in 20 working days. If, for example, the information requested is complex or a large amount of information has been requested, the period for our response can be extended.
The Council is entitled to make a reasonable charge for the provision of information under the 2004 Regulations. This is also subject to certain exemptions. Anyone making a request for information will be informed if a charge is to be made. Payment is normally required before the information will be provided.
Further information and guidance on these rights can also be obtained from the Information Commissioner's Office website.